Network Weirdness: Exploring the Origins of Network Paradoxes

@article{Kooti2014NetworkWE,
  title={Network Weirdness: Exploring the Origins of Network Paradoxes},
  author={Farshad Kooti and Nathan Oken Hodas and Kristina Lerman},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2014},
  volume={abs/1403.7242}
}
Social networks have many counter-intuitive properties, including the "friendship paradox" that states, on average, your friends have more friends than you do. Recently, a variety of other paradoxes were demonstrated in online social networks. This paper explores the origins of these network paradoxes. Specifically, we ask whether they arise from mathematical properties of the networks or whether they have a behavioral origin. We show that sampling from heavy-tailed distributions always… 

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